Herpes Blood Test

Herpes Simplex Blood Testing

Herpes Simplex 2 is an STD that can be diagnosed by the measurement of antibodies on a blood test. These antibodies are present in the blood stream of an infected individual, because is the body’s way of fighting the infection. While Herpes cannot be cured it can be treated by antiviral medication. The Herpes Simplex blood testing is important because left untreated it can lead to serious health concerns, as well as be spread to others. While the STD can remain dormant for years; it will result in an elevated antibodies level on the blood test.

Who Should Have The Blood Tests

Those that have the symptoms of Herpes Simplex 2 should have routine blood testing. Those having unprotected sex or have been exposed should be tested. Pregnant women are oftentimes given the blood test to prevent the spread to their unborn child during the birthing process. Because it can be spread, it is important that pregnant women exposed or believe she many have been exposed, be tested immediately. The symptoms of Herpes Simplex 2 are blisters, sometimes known as ulcers, enlarged lymph nodes, fever, genital lesions or a burning sensation in the genitals.

Normal Ranges & Complications

The normal range for the Herpes Simplex blood test is a negative level of antibodies. The blood testing is considered abnormal if there are any positive levels or antibodies found in the blood stream. Testing is important because without treatment the infection can lead to pneumonia, eye infections, meningitis, Encephalitis and eczema. Antibodies can be present in the blood stream without the incidence of sexual transmission. It is uncommon, but the infection can be present without sexual transmission.